After winning the Australian PGA Championship for the third time last week, Cameron Smith has bowed out of the ISPS Handa Australian Open after the 54-hole cut.
The Champion Golfer of the Year scraped through the 36-hole cut with a total of 2-over. But he could only manage a score of 1-under at Victoria Golf Club in the third round.
Smith was two shots shy of the next cut which stood at 1-under. DP World Tour star Ryan Fox fell just short of the mark too on level-par as the top 35 players and ties made it through in both the men's and women's tournaments.
The 29-year-old described his golf in the first round at the same venue as "pretty rubbish." An incredible shot from a divot hole in the middle of the fairway on Thursday has been one of his only highlights.
As for the players at the top of the leaderboard, Adam Scott will take a one-shot lead over Adrian Meronk into the final round after the Aussie eagled the final hole of his round yet again at Victoria Golf Club.
Adam Scott's golf swing off the tee #AusOpenGolf pic.twitter.com/KOsQKlc2HF— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) December 3, 2022
The 2009 Australian Open champion carded a 3-under 67 to take a narrow lead on 11-under over DP World Tour star Meronk who is looking for his second win of the year.
Min Woo Lee carded an impressive 65 to get to within four shots of Scott on 7-under, while the young Dane Nicolai Hojgaard is six shots behind on 5-under.